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Safety Health Environment and Quality Manager

Ref MAX9114 Consultant Steve Thomas Region Africa Location Uganda, Africa Salary Dependant on Experience Salary Band £60,000 to £149,999 TypePermanent Job Posted 17/03/2021 Status Live

A HSEQ Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager is needed to join an international contractor working on a number of building projects in Uganda, Africa. Ideal candidates will be experienced HSEQ Managers and will have had previous experience of working in remote locations such as in rural Uganda or other parts of remote Africa. Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Management experience is essential, as is extensive experience of working in association with project stakeholders and local communities living around a project.

There will be extensive travel required across Uganda and many locations will be remote, with the expectation that basic accommodation and camp facilities will be accepted as the norm.

Project Details

A construction project in Uganda to build and put into service a large number of processing and food storage facilities.  The project, worth about €135m is being built by an international contractor and has international funding.

The scope of works will include ground preparations, civil works, concrete foundations and basic buildings. A variety of different types and sizes of facilities will be built including grain aggregation centres, dryers, processing plants, silos etc and will be handed over by the Ministry of Agriculture once competed.

Much of the project will be delivered by partners and sub-contractors so there will be extensive interfacing with other parties, including landowners, communities, the Ministry and other stakeholders.

Responsibilities and Duties

Critical Project Heath Safety Environment Quality Management duties will include the ability to:

  • Plan, Organise, mobilise and manage SHEQ and ESAP across multiple construction sites simultaneously
  • Work closely with local stakeholders, sub-contractors and communities
  • Ensure risk assessments and COSHH registers are current
  • Ensure HSE toolbox talks and inductions are conducted
  • Prepare monthly reports, for internal use as well as monthly SHEQ, ESAP and Environmental & Social Self-monitoring Report (ESSR) for lenders and client
  • Be fully responsible for and Manage the SHEQ organisation
  • Ensure the health and safety of all operations including as related to employees, sub-contractors and the general public
  • Ensure EHS Management Plans are drafted, current, relevant and fully implemented
  • Ensure the ESMP are fully implemented and integrated into activities
  • Identify and manage specific contractual, regulatory and technical constraints and requirements before start-up
  • Attend site meetings e.g. critical meetings or when requested by the client
  • Control the quality of work against the specifications and the method statements
  • Liaise with the client, affected stakeholders and the Engineer, sub-contractors and suppliers in relation to the outlined responsibilities
  • Ensure optimum use of company resources

Administrative & Legal Responsibilities
Responsible for providing managing, advice, monitoring & recording compliance & non-compliance on SHEQ matters on all business issues: -

  • Planning frequent SHEQ inspections & audits, ensuring coverage of all activities and in line with company protocols.
  • Systematically recording & maintaining SHEQ inspection & audit reports on company server.
  • Monitor and maintain business SHEQ performance data, via monthly IMS business submittals
  • Ensure corporate reporting requirements are met.
  • Organise and co-ordinate the submittal of weekly activity update reports, from direct reports.
  • Document major injury & serious event investigation reports, as per standard.
  • Distributing all reports as directed.

Human Resources Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate professional and exemplary behaviour at all times
  • Compliance with all company HR policies and standards
  • Actively pursues continuous professional development (CPD)

Leadership & Management Responsibilities

  • Strategic thinking, to motivate Team, lead by example, abide by company integrity policies, continuous improvement, planning & organising, learning orientation.
  • Decisions required in relation to the project from SHE&Q to Operational decisions
  • To manage, delegate and supervise plant, labour, resources and key personnel to ensure that on-going projects are carried out within the client’s specification and completed within time and budgets

Compliance – Anti Bribery Commitment Responsibilities

  • Read, understand, adhere to and comply with the information contained within the Rules of Conduct, and Code of Ethics, and with any training or other anti-bribery and corruption information given by the Management
  • Report any witnessed non-compliance or breach of these policies

Health, Safety & Environment Responsibilities

Facilitate, influence & ensure management take responsibility for managing SHEQ within their area of responsibility.

  • Influence, train and support positive pro-active business management behaviour in all areas.
  • Provide advice on all SHEQ issues to all management, on a day-to-day basis.
  • Attend and support Business Management meetings and business specific meetings as appropriate to drive SHEQ integration in all areas of the business.
  • Complete incident investigations in accordance with standards and as directed by MESEA SHEQ Director.
  • Identify underlying causes for all incidents, to determine appropriate corrective action strategies to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of appropriate SHEQ campaigns across the company.
  • To identify, conduct or facilitate the implementation of SHEQ training needs as required for all managers & employees to meet internal and statutory requirements, in compliance with the skills development framework
  • Undertake periodical analysis of incident, monitor management safety interventions & observations (F2F) for the purposes of monitoring compliance, identifying trends and corrective measures by management.
  • Carry out periodic SHEQ audits and inspections, reporting in writing to Managing Director and relevant business head the findings and prioritising significant issues appropriately and tracking completion of the same.
  • Ensure that SHEQ targets and objectives are met by each business within their area of control and monitor and escalate non-conformance as necessary to ensure appropriate resolution.
  • Develop, Monitor and support management in employee general welfare and accommodation initiatives.

Quality Assurance Responsibilities

  • Understand, monitor and audit company processes and procedures to ensure business and line management, implement and maintain company standards.
  • Continually challenge processes and drive ethos in continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Assist in the development of standards and procedures.

Environmental and Social Management Responsibilities

  • Ensure Environmental & Social Management Plans are drafted and approved by Lenders, Client and Engineer
  • Ensure all environmental permits are in place (for example approved Environmental Impact Assessments)
  • Coordinate with any consultants engaged to support on E&S issues
  • Prepare monthly E&S reports for Engineer
  • Compile 6-monthly Environmental & Social Self-monitoring Report to Lenders
  • Establish and manage effective Community Liaison across all sites

Financial Responsibilities

  • Be conscious of costs and cash-flow constraints
  • Monitor and approve any invoices from E&S consultants

Customer Responsibilities

  • The HSEQ Manager is one of the key interfaces with the client and the public and as such, assumes all key Interfaces and Relationships (Internal and External)

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Previous experience in a managerial HSEQ role in Africa, ideally Uganda, on a building construction or processing and food storage facility construction project would be ideal
  • Experience of working in developing countries is very strongly desired
  • Previous experience gained from within the Agricultural construction sector is desirable
  • Experience in dealing with government approvals representatives in a comparable context is desirable

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Engineering &/or HSEQ related qualification and accreditation highly desirable
  • Relevant previous experience is the most critical factor

Employing Company Overview and Profile

This HSEQ Manager position is available with a reputable international construction contractor operating in a variety of international locations.  Their Africa operations focus on construction projects in Uganda, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa.

Full company profile details will be given to shortlisted applicants.

Additional Benefits Package and Incentives

There will be extensive travel required across Uganda and many locations will be remote, with the expectation that basic accommodation and camp facilities will be accepted as the norm.

Salary and allowances to be discussed and agreed with suitable candidates.

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